Best Alternatives To Plastic Utensils And Why You Should Use Them
We live in an era where being good stewards of the Earth is more important than ever. And using plastic alternatives is a wonderful “baby step” that you can take to keep our planet a little bit greener.
We also live in a time where our health is compromised, and restaurants are switching to plastic utensils as a means to keep you safe. And while that may seem like a practical thing to do (and in a sense, it is) it unfortunately contributes to even more plastic waste that ends up in landfills and our oceans. They have the right idea—it’s just unfortunate that they have to use a material that doesn’t biodegrade.
There are so many unique alternatives to plastic utensils. Many eco-conscious individuals already carry around reusable straws—why not do the same with cutlery?
Types Of Reusable Travel Utensils
Just like reusable straws, travel utensils are available in a variety of eco-friendly materials: stainless steel, bamboo, rice husk, wheat straw, and titanium (to name a few). Each has their own unique look, and it all comes down to personal preference when deciding on a set.
And many, if not all, portable sets come with a full spectrum of utensils consisting of: a spoon, fork, knife, reusable straws (with cleaning accessories), toothbrushes, and even chopsticks!
Portable utensil sets aren’t just great because they’re good for the planet—they’re also incredibly convenient! You can use them while dining out, while traveling, and on camping trips or hiking adventures.
Let’s take a look at a few reusable utensils below, and help you decide on which might be best for you.
Stainless steel is completely and infinitely recyclable. Stainless steel utensils are great because they last a very long time, they can be washed in the dishwasher, and they are corrosion resistant—so they will not rust. As always, do not microwave metal under any circumstances.
These gorgeous travel utensils by TOPBOOC are made from food grade stainless steel. This set includes: a dinner knife, a dinner spoon, a dinner fork, chopsticks, 2 reusable straws (one bent and one straight) a straw cleaning brush and carrying case. They come in several colors—so if this “mermaid” colored set is too feminine for you, you can choose from a few dark solids.
Bamboo is a fast-growing, all-natural grass that is incredibly durable, so utensils will last a very long time, if cared for properly. With that said, Bamboo utensils should not be washed in the dishwasher—as the harsh detergent and heat can actually result in damage to this beautiful cutlery. On the plus side, bamboo has natural anti-bacterial properties and is 100% biodegradable.
This travel utensil set by BAMAROO is made from 100% organic bamboo. This set includes a dinner knife, a dinner spoon, a dinner fork, chopsticks, a reusable straw with straw cleaning brush, and a bamboo toothbrush—making this kit very ideal for sustainable travel! The carrying case is also made of bamboo to protect your utensils from scratches.
Wheat straw is left over stalk from harvested wheat grains. Interestingly, wheat straw used to be considered waste. Farmers would literally burn it because it served no purpose—until now.
Wheat straw is quickly becoming a highly popular reclaimed resource. It is currently being used as lightweight, compostable packaging, and many facilities are turning them into dishes, bowls, cups and you guessed it, utensils!
This travel utensil set by HONBAY is made from such biodegradable wheat straw. It comes with a dinner fork, a dinner spoon, chopsticks, and a durable wheat straw carrying case. They are both microwave and dishwasher safe.
If you’re wondering or worried about discoloration—don’t. This set is stain resistant—not even spaghetti will stain these bad boys. Although this set doesn’t come with a knife or reusable straw like most other sets do, it’s still really cool. Plus, it’s small and compact—perfect for kids’ school lunches!
Rice husk is yet another wonderful reclaimed resource that is becoming a popular plastic alternative. When composted, these utensils biodegrade within 90 days! But, don’t worry, rice husk is incredibly durable and sustainable—these utensils will last as long as bamboo. They are both dishwasher and microwave safe.
These travel utensils by TINY MONK are made from biodegradable rice husks. This 9 piece set consists of chopsticks, a dinner knife, a dinner spoon, a smaller [dessert] spoon, a dinner fork, two different width reusable stainless steel straws, a straw cleaning brush and a cloth travel case.
Titanium is a strong element with a low corrosion level that’s dishwasher safe, and preferred amongst avid outdoorsmen for its resiliency. Many hikers and campers prefer to use reusable water bottles, cookware and cutlery that is composed of titanium because they’re lightweight yet tough, and cool down faster than let’s say aluminum or stainless steel.
This titanium cutlery set by BRIOST comes with your standard fork, spoon and knife with chopsticks and carrying case. It’s stain resistant and great for outdoor recreation.
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